Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press file photo
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says a decision by Michigan voters to reject a proposal that would have retained an emergency manager law he championed will make it more difficult for financially troubled communities to succeed.
The Republican told WWJ-AM on Wednesday morning that everyone wants to see those communities succeed, but the best tool to help them now is off the table.
The law gave state-appointed managers sweeping authority to cancel union contracts and oust elected officials overseeing insolvent local governments.
Snyder later told reporters he thinks voter confusion in west Michigan may have contributed to the defeat of Proposal One. "You might see that more because of how the outstate vote went - where there are a number of communities that really didn't have emergency managers in their areas - that didn't have experience either pro or con with it and so it wasn't highlighted the same way - because early numbers I saw - you could see fairly strong responses one way or the other in metro Detroit - and other areas where there have been managers."
Michigan voters also rejected five proposals to amend the state constitution to deal with issues ranging from collective bargaining to building a new bridge to Canada.
Snyder had urged voters to reject the proposals to amend the constitution. He says those could have been "devastating" to the state if approved.